Genetically modified foods are a huge source of debate these days. Some want nothing to do with modern GMOs, while others are a fan of them. However, many people do not realize that many of today's fruits and vegetables would not exist without careful selective breeding. In fact, the original versions of these popular plants might be unrecognizable to modern audiences.
Would you eat or even recognize these foods in their original forms? It probably won't.
1 - Carrots
The first known cultivated carrots were first cultivated in the 10th century in Asia Minor and Persia. Before being domesticated, the wild carrot spread throughout the world. Seeds up to 5,000 years old have been discovered in Europe.
The original appearance of the carrot was small and white. It also had more of a forked appearance like a plant root. Most likely, ancient cultures used it as a medicinal plant.
It is believed that the transformation of the carrot into an orange, sweet and less bitter offspring, so popular today, took many centuries to reproduce. Today's orange carrots are known as carotene or Western carrots, while their cousins are known as Asian or Oriental carrots, which have purple and sometimes yellow roots.